Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Did he or didn't he?

Forgive me, I couldn't resist.

At the risk of offending people who take hip-hop seriously, I have to admit that I died laughing reading this article about the rapidly changing nomenclature of a certain popular 'artist'. I can totally see how people who listen to hip-hop could have problems dealing with the incredible complexity of names over two syllables. How were they to know that the P was silent.

For what it's worth, I think this is a bold and dynamic artistic move, that many other artist should emulate. Think of all the other people who could have names that were so much more evocative, if they just chose not to mind their Ps: Britney Sears, Ink Floyd, The Artist formerly known as Rinse, The Retenders, Jimmy Age, Charlie 'Arker, Aul McCartney; not to mention the Red Hot Chilli Eers or Dee Urle.

8 comments:

meditativerose said...

So since when do we care about offending people who take hip-hop seriously??

Falstaff said...

Now, now, did you not see my earlier post about being humble and not trying to crush the little people?

Neela said...

Hip hop is nice! Hip Hop rules! and if mozart were alive today he would do hip hop (inasmuch as anyone can do it) and what a hiphop that would be!

and if i ever have a kid i would call him/her "the game". i think hip hop artistes have the coolest names. honestly, now, Falstaff, deep within you, where your entrails meet your outrails, isn't there a tiny-teeny weeny little miniscule microscopic corner of you that would rather be called 50 cent than Falstaff?

n!

Falstaff said...

et tu Neela?

No, no, absolutely no way I would rather be called half a dollar than Falstaff. Now Black Eyed Pea is a completely different matter...

Neela said...

btw, on a totally unrelated note, if you haven't, listen to the stokowski recording of new world symphony. utterly marvellous!

and isn't it amazing how similar mozart's piano concerto in c minor and beethoven's piano concerto in c minor sound.. i believe beethoven was somewhat inspired by mozart.

n!

Falstaff said...

N: Agree - and yes, that is a brilliant recording.

Know what you mean about the C minor concertos - though ironically, it's a sound I associate much more with Beethoven than with Mozart. I suppose logically the influence must have gone from Mozart to Beethoven, but somehow it always strikes me as being the other way around.

Also, for similarities to Beethoven, I think nothing compares to Mozart's Piano Concerto no 20 in D minor K 446. Every time I listen to it I have to remind myself that it's Mozart and not Beethoven.

Neela said...

Falstaff,

I don't know. Listened (and still listening) to the Mozart in D minor and not sure why you think that way. It didn't strike me as a particularly Beethoven-ish piece. But its beautiful and so so addictive.

n!

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